The New Testament
Fifty generations separate the earliest Christian writers from the first printed Greek New Testaments of the sixteenth century; another seventeen stand between that epoch and our own. That first period consisted of a huge process of copyings, increasingly distant from the original texts. The second period has proved to be a reversal of that process. It is therefore possible to tell the two stories together, to describe the Greek manuscripts and the translations of the New Testament through the history of European scholarship.